Results of a Make-Athon in Bishkek

IDEA CA held another make-athon – Jagimduu Kyrgyzstan - between 8 and 10 February. This time, the make-athon was for students and teachers from the Issyk-Ata district.

Ten teams of five people worked together to solve social problems in their villages over the course of 48 hours. The participants had previously carried out research, interviewing local residents, teachers, parents and their peers, in order to decide the focus of their activities.

The make-athon focused on problems such as the condition of school toilets, classroom lighting, road safety and leisure for students.

Let's go through each project separately.

The team from Luxembourg village called their social project Toilet 1924. The project aimed to solve the problem of cleaning and improving their school’s outdoor toilet. The participants of the project are planning to work together with the local self-government and the school administration.

The second team from Luxembourg raised the problem of classroom lighting, as poor lighting affects students' eyesight. The participants are planning to buy special equipment to measure the amount of light in classrooms. An event will also be organized to raise awareness among the public, in particular among parents.

The team from Novopokrovka secondary school No. 3 also raised the problem of the condition of their school toilet. They decided to repair the toilet inside the school. Going to the outdoor toilet takes time, and many students get sick in winter time because they are obliged to spend a lot of time outdoors. Flash mobs and other activities will be held to raise awareness of this problem.

Another team from Novopokrovka raised the problem of the sale of tobacco to minors and suggested a number of solutions to prevent smoking.

Two teams from the Budenovka school came up with a project to open a soft skills center and free space for students. This free space is needed in order to hold additional trainings, master classes, conversation clubs, and even prepare students for ORT (school leaving exam). Thus, it can help speed up the process of preparing students for real life.

The team from Aidarbekova School in Uzun-Kyr raised the issue of road safety on the highway near the school and the lack of safe recreational spaces. The participants proposed installing a cardboard mannequin in the form of traffic police by the road, installing a 3D crosswalk and holding an awareness campaign among residents with the support of the district administration.

Another team from the same school suggested the creation a space for young people - to equip a rural recreation park to offer students a space for leisure for them to discuss various issues and relax.

Representatives from the school parliament from Yuryevka School discussed ethics and discipline issues. They stated that it is important to comply with the school charter. As a solution to this problem, the participants suggested reviewing the charter to make it more child-friendly and to integrate elements of animations in it.

As a result of the make-athon, five social projects were supported: class lighting and toilet facilities in Luxembourg, the creation of a youth space in Budenovka, road safety in Uzun-Kyr, and informative events on the problem with toilets in Novopokrovka.

Apart from the teamwork and final presentations, the make-athon also included a fair of youth organizations that provided the social make-athon participants the chance learn about new opportunities. We would like to extend special thanks to AIESEC Kyrgyzstan, Y-PEER Youth Peer Education Network, FLEX Alumni Kyrgyzstan, Child Rights Defenders’ League Public Foundation, and Youth Action Fund Kyrgyzstan. Thank you for joining us!

We are very grateful to our trainers and mentors Tynchtykbek Bakytov and Jyldyz Duishenova, Amanbek Kerimbekov, Saule Zhumaeva, Peri Orozbekova, Nursiyanu Sydykov, Olga Yastrebova, Aizhan Musabekova and Gulnura Umarova for their support, assistance, care and terrific work they did with the participants!

Special thanks to the judges for their time - Ulukbek Keneshov from the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan, Nazir Sheraly, Elijzar Tilebaldy uulu from the Institute for Youth Development, and Ainura Esimkanova from the Center for the Protection of Children - Baldar korgoo Borbor.